Monday, August 15, 2005

Gastarbeiter Goo-goo

So, Slate has just discovered the Middle Eastern states' cheap labour solution. The resulting article, Thanks for Your Hard Work. Now Get Out!, notes that foreign workers can move to the oil-rich Gulf States by finding a generous local sponsor willing to employ them. Their fortunes remain tied to that employer, and they must leave at the end of their service. Guess what? Slate just described at least two US visa types (hello E-2 status!), only with one crucial difference. In the US, unlike Qatar, the guest workers have to pay taxes. Nice.


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